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Mass. DA: DNA Links DeSalvo To Strangler Victim

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Massachusetts prosecutor says advances in DNA technology have allowed investigators to link longtime suspect Albert DeSalvo to the last of the 1960s slayings attributed to the Boston Strangler.

Albert DeSalvo, the man who confessed to committing the Boston Strangler killings but was never convicted, stands in jail for an unrelated crime in this undated picture. | Getty Images

Associated Press Release
By: BRIDGET MURPHY

BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts prosecutor says advances in DNA technology have allowed investigators to link longtime suspect Albert DeSalvo to the last of the 1960s slayings attributed to the Boston Strangler.

Nineteen-year-old Mary Sullivan was found strangled in her Boston apartment in January 1964. She was the last of 11 women whose deaths were attributed to the Boston Strangler and the only victim for which DNA evidence is available.

The announcement represents the most definitive evidence yet linking DeSalvo to the case. He confessed to the killings but was never convicted. He was sentenced to life in prison on other charges and was stabbed to death there in 1973.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley says the DNA produced a "familial match" with DeSalvo. His remains are being exhumed and Conley says he expects an exact match.


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